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Massachusetts Fishing

All about fishing in the Bay State

Massachusetts Fishing Lake

The state of Massachusetts has so many lakes and ponds to choose from. Far too many for us to cover here so we are listing the major waters and providing information about MA lake location as well as the major species in each lake. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, chain pickerel, northern pike and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Massachusetts Lakes

Massachusetts major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Massachusetts, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Massachusetts, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Massachusetts Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Assawompset Pond is a 2,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lakeville, MA.

Cheshire Reservoir is a 400-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Cheshire, MA.

Congamond Lake is a 460-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Southwick, MA.

Hamilton Reservoir is a 410-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Holland, MA.

Lake Chaubunagungamaug is a 1,400-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Webster, MA.

Lake Cochituate is a 610-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Natick, MA.

Lake Garfield is a 260-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Monterey, MA.

Lake Rohunta is a 380-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Orange, MA.

Lake Quinsigamond is a 770-acre lake in the central part of the state, in Worcester, MA.

Long Pond is a 1,700-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at East Freetown, MA.

Norton Reservoir is a 530-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Norton, MA.

Otis Reservoir is a 1,200-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state, 5 miles northeast of Sandisfield, MA.

Quabbin Reservoir is a 25,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at New Salem, MA.

South Watuppa Pond is a 1,450-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Fall River, MA.

Wachusett Reservoir is a 4,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Clinton, MA.

Massachusetts Bass
Mike Taylor's nice MA bass.

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game has a website filled with regulations and information about fishing in Massachusetts.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Massachusetts and other boating information.

Acquire a Massachusetts fishing license here.

Find information about cabin rentals in Massachusetts for comfortable accommodations on your fishing trip.

Visit the section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in MA, including stories, fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in MA. Please send us your recommendations and we will be happy to consider them for publication.

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State of MA Fishing Guides

You can find a listing of MA fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

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Fish for big bass in Massachusetts

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in MA.

Fish Species in Massachusetts

Fishing for bass in Massachusetts

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

MA State Record: 15 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

MA State Record: 8 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for catfish in Massachusetts

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MA State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

MA State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz

Fishing for crappie in Massachusetts

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

MA State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

MA State Record: N/A

Fishing for walleye in Massachusetts

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MA State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for trout in Massachusetts

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

MA State Record: 13 lbs 13 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

MA State Record: 10 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

MA State Record: 19 lbs 10 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

MA State Record: 24 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for panfish in Massachusetts

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

MA State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

MA State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

MA State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for salmon in Massachusetts

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

MA State Record: 22 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for other species in Massachusetts

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

MA State Record: 9 lbs 5 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

MA State Record: 35 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

MA State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.